The Preschool provides term time care (38 weeks) for children aged 3-4 years old, between the hours of 8.45-3 pm. Every 3-4 year old child is entitled to receive 15 hours free early years education/childcare, the term after they turn 3 years old. At the Preschool there is also the option to increase attendance hours either by paying for additional hours or by meeting the eligibility criteria for the additional 15 hours extended free entitlement.
Provision for the development and learning of children from birth to 5 years is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is a play based curriculum that allows children to explore, learn and develop in a safe and secure environment.
Planning is very organic and a fluid approach is adopted by the staff team to ensure children are stimulated in their learning and development at all times. The staff team value children’s ideas and views, therefore activities are planned in response to the children’s currents interests to keep them motivated and build their self-esteem.
The Preschool offers a high ratio of adult to child supervision. We operate at 1 adult to 5 children ratio. This allows for us to give time and attention to each child, talk with the children about their interests and activities, help each child to experience and benefit from the activities we provide and allow them to explore and be adventurous in safety.
Our setting uses a key person approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom they are particularly responsible. Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child's particular needs and interests. Your child’s key person will help your child to settle in to the setting and will support them throughout their time at the Preschool. To ensure continuity of care for our children, all staff within the Preschool form strong relationships with the children and are fully aware of each child’s individual needs and interests.
While at the Preschool your child will have a learning journey that details their learning and development. This is an electronic journal that provides you with a continuous insight into your child’s daily experiences. At the end of your child’s time at Preschool we will give you a paper copy for you to keep as a memory of your child’s time and experiences at the setting.